Auctions: Sale full of eastern promise

There’s an oriental theme at the James Adam ‘At Home’ auction in Dublin, says Des O’Sullivan

Auctions: Sale full of eastern promise

There’s an oriental theme at the James Adam ‘At Home’ auction in Dublin, says Des O’Sullivan

China may be in quarantine but thankfully the remarkable range of output of art, porcelain, craft and design from long centuries of Chinese civilisation is not.

There is an oriental flavour to the top lots at the At Home sale at James Adam in Dublin tomorrow.

The most expensively estimated lot is a large pair of 19th-century Qing Dynasty bronze dragon censers on stands (€10,000-€15,000).

Next on the list is an 18th-century Chinese export porcelain dinner service (€7,000-€10,000) and this in turn is followed by a Japanese hardwood cabinet (€4,000-€6,000).

A Japanese cabinet at James Adam in Dublin.
A Japanese cabinet at James Adam in Dublin.

Of course, many items in this sale of 557 lots are much more affordable than these exotic pieces.

The sale kicks off with some Danish silver brooches designed by Georg Jensen in nine lots with estimates of €150-€250.

This is followed by jewellery and silver including a c1770 Cork silver sauce boat by John Nicholson (€1,500-€2,000) and a c1790 Cork silver soup ladle marked Toleken (€400-€600).

A c1770 Cork silver sauceboat by John Nicolson at James Adam in Dublin tomorrow.
A c1770 Cork silver sauceboat by John Nicolson at James Adam in Dublin tomorrow.

There is plenty of Oriental ware to choose from in a range that includes Chinese porcelain, Japanese cloisonne and a white metal model of a three-masted ship on a carved hardwood stand in a glass display case.

A Waterford 10-light chandelier is estimated at €1,500-€2,000, a 19th-century comparmented overmantle is estimated at €800-€1,200 and a pair of art deco chrome-plated spelter nude figures by Limousin carry baskets and an estimate of €800-€1,200.

An early 19th-century twin-pedestal sideboard by Gillows is estimated at €3,000-€5,000, as is an Irish Georgian-style mahogany rectangular side table.

Other antique pieces include sets of chairs, longcase clocks, bureaux, tables and bookcases. Adam’s describes an unusual pair of Irish flat cut-glass urns and stoppers as “probably Cork” and the auction offers a wide variety of sconces, clocks, paintings, miniatures and candle holders including a pair of Sheffield Victorian three-light candleabra (€2,500-€3,000).

A pair of late 18th-century flat cut-glass urns and stoppers at James Adam in Dublin.
A pair of late 18th-century flat cut-glass urns and stoppers at James Adam in Dublin.

The most expensively estimated artwork is a portrait by Sir Gerald Festus Kelly (1879-1972) of a Cambodian dancer (€4,000-€6,000).

Little wonder that these Sunday sales at James Adam have proven to be so popular among buyers in pursuit of something stylish and different for the home.

Viewing is from 11am to 5pm today and the auction starts at 11.30am tomorrow.

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